Statement on 340B Orphan Drug Court Decision
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION
October 15, 2015
We are very disappointed that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia late last night ruled against the Department of Health and Human Services in a lawsuit brought by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
This decision comes at a steep cost for the vulnerable patients cared for by rural and cancer hospitals. The ruling excludes all drugs with an “orphan” designation from the 340B Drug Pricing Program for rural and cancer hospitals. Denying these hospitals the ability to utilize 340B discounts for these drugs will reduce access to critical services and treatments for some of the most vulnerable patients in society. Sadly, the biggest beneficiary of this ruling is the pharmaceutical industry – it does nothing to help either patients or taxpayers.
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